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Ethiopian Army To Deploy More Troops To Tigray

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Days after Ethiopian prime minister Ahmed ordered the army to take military action against Tigray region, the federal army is mobilizing more troops from across the country as it continues its offensive in the northern Tigray region.

The army’s deputy chief of staff, Gen Berhanu Jula, said the troops were heading north to provide support to the Northern Command headquarters that was attacked by forces loyal to the regional government.

Federal troops have been exchanging fire with the powerful ethnic faction that led the ruling coalition for decades.

Head of the Tigrayan state, Debretsion Gebremicheal – and its ruling party the TPLF – said the region’s troops seized “almost all” of the weapons at the command.

Gebremicheal added that the state’s forces were also engaged “in war” along Tigray’s borders with neighbouring state of Amhara.

Amid clashes in the region, the Sudanese government says it has closed its eastern border with Ethiopia, located in Kassala state, because of rising tensions between Ethiopian federal authorities and the Tigray region.

The authorities in Amhara have confirmed clashes at the border areas.

Also, the United Nations secretary-general, António Guterres, has expressed deep alarm in the fighting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region.

In a Twitter message by Guterres on Friday, he said the stability of Ethiopia is important for the entire horn of Africa region. He called for an immediate de-escalation of tensions and a peaceful resolution to the dispute.

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Research Says Most IS Attacks Happen In Africa

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The Global Terrorism Index an annual review of terrorism trends has found that sub-Saharan Africa saw the most attacks linked to the Islamic State group and its affiliates.

The review found that there were just under 14,000 deaths across the world linked to terrorism – the fifth consecutive year that figure had decreased.

The research also found that the largest decrease in deaths were in Nigeria and Afghanistan.

The largest increase in terrorism occurred in Burkina Faso – where deaths rose by 590%.

It also marks Mozambique, Mali and Niger as among the countries that have had a concerning increase in terrorist attacks.

The Global Terrorism Index developed by the think tank the Institute of Economics and Peace, warned that deteriorating economic conditions could make more people susceptible to extremist propaganda.

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Fears Of Locust Swarms Grips East Africa

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There are fears of a new wave of locust swarms invasion in east Africa. This week Kenya agriculture ministry of agriculture says it was standing in readiness to tackle the problem after locusts were spotted in a region bordering Somalia.

Locust swarms are a threat to food security. Kenya and its partners have budgeted 320 million dollars to deal with locust invasion.

A UN agency –  Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned of fresh waves of desert locust swarms in the horn of Africa region after cyclone Gati hit Somalia. It warned that the swarms would move south in Somalia and Ethiopia, reaching northern Kenya, from mid-December. UN says the scale of the migration could be substantial as the heavy rainfall in Somalia is expected to allow for widespread breeding.

Earlier in the year, billions of the insects destroyed crops across the region. It was the worst invasion of locusts for more than 70 years. The UN is warning that a second generation would be even be more destructive.

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Cyclone Gati Displaces Thousands In Somalia

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The United Nations Humanitarian Agency has said 42,000 persons have been displaced in Somalia by the tropical cyclone, Gati. The cyclone hit the coastal parts of northern Somalia on Sunday.

The UN agency says roads have been blocked as a result of flooding and aid is unable to get to the affected people.

The UN`s humanitarian agency citing authorities in Puntland state, Somalia estimates, that the cyclone may have directly or indirectly affected 180,000 persons.

Residents of Bossaso town are among those displaced as heavy rains continue in the coastal region.

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